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The problem with KPI’s

The problem with KPI’s

Towards the end of his tenure as co-CEO at SAP, Jim Hagemann Snabe discovered that the organization had more than 50,000 key performance indicators (KPIs). Snabe reflected, “We were trying to run the company by remote control. We had all this amazing talent but had asked them to put their brains on ice.” As organizations struggle to find efficiencies, the overindulgence in KPIs is getting a bit out of hand. It is not uncommon for any team or group to…

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This is not BAU

This is not BAU

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is real. It may not be the plague, but it’s for real. South by Southwest (SXSW) did not cancel its conference attended by 300,000 people from around the world because of fiction. Italy did not quarantine 16 million people because of some fake news stories. Coronavirus as a pandemic may be overblown, but it’s real. I can’t believe I had to say the above but we live in a post-fact world where truth can be hard to decipher….

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Email and Slack ARE KILLING ME!

Email and Slack ARE KILLING ME!

I know I’m not alone. I feel the comfort of knowing that I’m not alone, but what are we doing about it? There is so much information, so many requests, so many “Quick Questions” coming my way. It’s out of control. There seem to be no rules. But it seems that so many people agree that meetings are bad, email is a horrible way of working, and slack is like that super annoying guy peering over the cubicle wall every…

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Exploring Cultural Norms

Exploring Cultural Norms

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. – Peter Drucker If this is the case, why is Change Management, an effort to address the Cultural underpinnings of Change Initiatives, often seen as wasteful? We think about the technology, battle over price and then completely ignore that the technology being introduced is the “strategy” part of Drucker’s statement. What about the culture? Perhaps one of the reasons we have to re-learn this lesson is because we constantly forget. Remembering the last implementation that…

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Pre-mortem

Pre-mortem

You get assigned an implementation. It’s terrifying – people are going to hate it. So, you pick a team. And now you and your team are shaking in fear. “Why me?” you ask yourself. “Why me?” asks everyone on the team. Here’s what you do. Panic. No, I’m kidding. First, lean into the fear. Ignoring it, hiding from it, trying to brush it off as it ain’t no thang – is the easy path. Instead, get your team together and…

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Overchoice

Overchoice

How do you prepare for another Industrial Revolution? If you believe it is happening or around the corner – then you are likely taking Digital Transformation seriously. And like any major change, you are probably trying to figure out where to begin. The first step is understanding the future state (as far as you can predict in your line of business) and then mapping it to your current state (as objectively as you possibly can). Once you do that, you…

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Permission

Permission

Sometimes we need permission to do something outside our normal. To take a jump. To be uncomfortable. I’m very much like that. I don’t need permission to do what I always do. But, I do somehow and for some reason need permission to push my boundaries. I’m not sure why this happens. But one thing is for sure; there is no one handing out permission. No boss will come to you and permit you to do something you’ve never mentioned before. So,…

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Conscientious Leadership

Conscientious Leadership

Continued from a previous post. When leading an implementation, there are four essential characteristics that I’ve found separate the elite implementers from the pack: Conscientious Leadership Emphasis on Relationships Hunger to Learn New Skills A Focused Hustle Let’s talk about Conscientious Leadership. What does being a Conscientious Leader mean? When talking about implementation leadership, it’s critical to discuss the character of the individual leading the change. In the end, technical change is humans wrangling with a change that happens to be…

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Motivation for Creative Professionals

Motivation for Creative Professionals

In the book, the Rise of the Creative Class, Author Richard Florida postulates that motivation for Creatives is more intrinsic than extrinsic. Extrinsic Motivation uses rewards or punishment as a way of motivating the correct behavior. While Intrinsic Motivation involves using a personally rewarding factor to achieve a goal. In his research, Richard Florida found that 9 of the top ten motivators are intrinsic. The one? Money, of course. Challenge and responsibility Flexibility A stable work environment Money Professional development Peer…

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Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

The above cartoon was first created nearly 15 years ago. It’s incredible how appropriate it still is. In fact, since it’s creation in 2003, several websites have been created to expand on the story. See http://www.projectcartoon.com/create/ if you want to create your very own version. What’s great about the cartoon and has made it last as long as it has is that it still represents a perceived reality.  It still represents what a lot of people think of when they think…

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